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Poster: BryanE Date: Sep 9, 2007 4:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Marley & The Wailers Question(s)

Thanks, acetboy, for all the effort you put into your reply. I appreciate it. I got a copy recently of the final concert---Pittsburgh, 1980---and that's what prompted my inquiry. All live Marley I've ever heard has just been exploding with energy, and I wanted a firsthand account of how it felt to be in the audience. How fortunate for you that you were able to see him not once, but three times.

Interesting, unpredictably wide sort of appeal that Marley has had over the years: while I've seen plenty of folks that really "look the part" of being a Marley fan, I've also seen so many that did not---burley, white, upper middle class, drunken frat boy types and the like.

You alluded to parts of the Jamaican culture that you find unappealing. Perhaps I've seen hints of that myself. Obviously you have spent your share of time in Chicago. I lived there from '93 to '95, while I was still a drunken fool (I'm still foolish, I just manage to be a sober fool), and for a brief time visited a couple of the Rastafarian bars on Clark a little south of Wrigley---VERY shady, somewhat threatening atmosphere in those places. Needless to say, I went back up the street where I could piss away my money almost exclusively and much more comfortably at Wrigleyside, home of Grateful Dead Night on Wednesdays. Occasionally I would make it across the street to The Wild Hare for live reggae. They had some great bands there. The place was large enough to accommodate several hundred people and was usually packed and lively. Very fun times, but again, heavily tarnished by issues with alcohol. Much quieter, much safer, much healthier lifestyle now, which is at it should be for a married man with a daughter who just started fifth grade.

But thank you again for sharing your Marley memories. I got a lot of enjoyment from reading them!

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Sep 9, 2007 8:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Marley & The Wailers Question(s)

Bryan,

I also lived in Chicago from 93-96 and found myself in The Wild Hare on occasion. It was a great example of reggae fans not looking the part. All sorts of folks in there having a good time listening to great music.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Sep 9, 2007 12:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Marley & The Wailers Question(s)

Yeah, when that joint was jumpin', that joint was JUMPIN'!

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Poster: acetboy Date: Sep 9, 2007 11:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Marley & The Wailers Question(s)

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This post was modified by acetboy on 2008-05-29 23:15:09

This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2007-09-09 18:52:09

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 10, 2007 3:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Marley & The Wailers Question(s)

Let me make that one giant second motion...absolutely...what a cool post about what you saw, and the context, etc., etc.

Very nice addition. Keep it up.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Sep 9, 2007 11:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Marley & The Wailers Question(s)

I, for one, look forward to opening the link to your posts and respect your input. There is an overlying air of positivity to what you have to say, nothing confrontational or argumentative, and overt negative criticism of the Dead is entirely absent.

I actually did take notes at a lot of shows, still do when I go to see Ratdog or Phil to help me, hopefully, retain the intricacies of the performances within my memory. As I have said many times, though, I am nowhere near being the archivist of Dead shows that many others here are. But I can tell the difference between those moments of good, solid musicianship and those times that would always keep bringing us all back for more, when it became something extraordinary even by Grateful Dead standards. It comes back to a certain subjectivity, of course, but when it was good, it was good, and when it was great, it was . . . well, you know.